Tim Worstall is surprised by the low number of teachers sacked for incompetence in England and Wales: just 17 of about 440,000 in the 10 years between 2001-2011, or less than 2 per year.
A 0.00045% get rid of the idiots rate just doesn’t look like anyone is taking hunting for the idiots seriously.
Which made me comment that in a major oil company, this would be a bloodbath!
Seriously, does anyone think of Shell’s 90,000 employees 40 were sacked last year for incompetence? Or ExxonMobil canned 37 staff for the same reason?
Even following Macondo I’m not sure anyone was fired from BP. Sure, Tony Hayward was removed as CEO but I’m not sure he was dismissed from the company, and as far as I know he resigned of his own accord shortly afterwards. Maybe the driller who was company man on the Deepwater Horizon was sent packing, but being the key man in a $30bn incident is about what you have to do to get the boot.
Usually, incompetents just get promoted to a position where it is hoped they will do less harm…